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2012 Aaron’s 312: Reversal of Richmond - #18 beats #54

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Last weekend, Kurt Busch in the #54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry beat Denny Hamlin in the #18 Z-Line Designs Toyota at Richmond International Raceway in the Nationwide Series. Today, it was a reversed finish with two different drivers behind the wheel, as Joey Logano in the #18 Game Stop Toyota beat Kyle Busch in the #54 to the finish line at Talladega Superspeedway in the Aarons 312 by just 0.034 seconds.

"Kyle and I have worked together in the past, obviously, being teammates on the Cup side," Logano said after the race. "We've got that chemistry there that we know what we've got to do… I know he's thinking the same thing as me. He knows I'm going to make to make something happen here, and I got him there at the line. It's super exciting to win 'em that way, because you don't know you've got it until you're at the line."

"When you're in tandem like that, there's not much that the front car can do," Busch said. "I probably could have blocked Joey up the track a little bit more and then turned down to the bottom to try to get him away from me. The rear car has so much momentum ready to go. As soon as you pull out of line, it seems like you're able to move forward on (the leading) car."

The win was Logano’s second of the season and the 11th Nationwide Series win of his career. Talladega has been good to Logano in the past, as he has never finished lower than third in his previous three starts.

Joe Gibbs Racing earned its 70th Nationwide Series victory and its fourth win at Talladega, the most of all teams.

JGR teammates Ryan Truex, in the #20 Grime Boss Toyota, and Brian Scott, in the #11 Dollar General Toyota, finished 11th and 36th, respectively. Scott was involved in an early race accident on Lap 29. Scott fell one spot in points to 16th.

The race’s end was marred by a nine-car accident during the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. Driver Eric McClure was air-lifted from the track to the local hospital, but it was reported on NASCAR.com that he was conscious, alert and talking to attendants when he was transported.

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